SpaceLab members gather in the community kitchen on first Thursdays to Celebrate the Win – new clients, new business, birthdays, good press – accomplishments and milestones big and small. See details on our coworkers’ successes here.
Email Kimle Nailer for more information.
Thursday, March 8 at 6:30 PM: Introducing SpaceLab Detroit Urban Launch Pad [Master Class]
Explore the SpaceLab Detroit Urban LaunchPad. This one-of-a-kind workshop series is designed for entrepreneurs and entrepreneur teams who want to sharpen their ability to make lasting improvements in urban quality-of-life through the creation of for-profit businesses, such as: jobs and economic development, public safety, transportation, affordable housing, public utilities and infrastructure, environmental safety and sustainability, and more.
The LaunchPad will begin with an introductory overview session that is open to public registration. At this 2-1/2 hour session, Mr. Tarver will walk participants through the complete process of developing an “urban-focused” business, and will give an overview of the Urban LaunchPad workshop sessions. Following this introduction, attendees will be invited to apply for participation in the subsequent workshop sessions.
The event is open to SpaceLab Members and non-members.
Cost: $20 for the introductory session
Reserve your seat on Eventbrite.
Members and non-members of the American Institute of Architects are welcome.
Thursday, Feb. 10 at 6 PM: Developing Parker Village, Highland Park’s Smart Neighborhood. Come get the rundown on Parker Village, a redevelopment of a nearly two-acre parcel at the former Thompson Elementary School in Highland Park. Parker Village will be the hub of a new “Smart Neighborhood,” one of the first in the state. Juan Shannon, a life-long resident of Highland Park leading the development effort, will layout the plans, highlight the smart, sustainable and green infrastructure features for the community, and share how you can partner in developing this hi-tech community. Who can get involved? Contractors, developers, potential investors, volunteers, community resource leaders and anyone looking to be involved in the development of a smart neighborhood, powered by renewable and green infrastructure.
Sign up on Eventbrite to save your seat!
Saturdays – Jan. 27 thru Feb. 24 at 10 AM: SpaceLab Book Club. “Find the Lost Dollars” by June Jewell.
An architect, urban planner, interior designer, and built environment industry consultant started a book club to learn to improve business and increase profit.
It’s not too late to join the club! We’re continuing to review and discuss the book, “Find the Lost Dollars” by June Jewell, and we’ll begin implementing the six steps to recover the lost dollars in our respective firms. It’s not just limited to architects and engineers – the advice applies to many professional services and project delivery firms and those who want to understand how their job relates to the profitability of their company.
Feb. 24: Discussion of Chapters 1 – 10, the we’ll determine our schedule for completing Chapter 11, the 6-step process.
“Where is money hiding in your A&E firm? June describes the challenges faced by most firms, shares her wealth of knowledge about best practices for firm business management, and then delivers the goods with a 6-step process that is guaranteed to find lost dollars in any firm.”
Thursday, Jan. 25 at 6:00 PM: How to Start Your Non- Profit Organization or Community Development Corporation (CDC). If you ever wanted to start a nonprofit organization, begin a CDC at your church or want to learn the truth about nonprofits…this is the workshop for you.
This dynamic workshop will teach all social entrepreneurs and those curious on how to form a nonprofit the proper way.
– What is the difference between nonprofit and for-profit?
– Role of the Board
– Defining your mission and vision.
– Steps to start and build your non-profit.
– Getting your 501(c)(3) and/or do you need one
– Special topics as it relates to faith-based organizations!
Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 5:30 PM – 8PM: Neighborhood Rebuilding with Real Estate Crowdfunding and Community Crowdgranting
Real Estate Crowdfunding is growing more popular as a financing alternative to traditional capital market channels, and local citizens and sponsors are using Crowdgranting to fund public spaces projects and qualifying for matching funds. Our panel of industry leaders and local platforms will share how investors, developers and builders, entrepreneurs, community development organizations and residents can all benefit from these funding methods for residential, commercial and public space projects. This is a FREE event. Get your ticket on Eventbrite.
Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 9:30 AM: Breakfast + Binders: January Manufacturer’s Rep Day. Manufacturers’ representatives, designers and builders meet up and network at this quarterly event in downtown Detroit. Reps share information and industry pros and get insight on the latest products for the commercial and residential architecture, interior design and construction indudstry all in one place. We have samples, brochures and binders of furniture, fabrics, surface materials flooring, paint and more in our library. Come see the resources that are available to our members.
Members in our coworking and shared office space include: interior designers, architects, construction consultants, real estate professionals, building tradespeople, art galleries, and manufacturers representatives. And we are in walking distance of several architecture and design firms and real estate developers in downtown Detroit.
Space is limited. Email Doreen Hunter or call 313.379.7000 to attend.
See a list of products in our library here.
Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2 PM – 4 PM: Youth Financial Empowerment Series – Cryptocurrency
POWER Org Math is increasing financial literacy among our youth. At this session, Kwaku Osei of Cooperative Capital gives an overview of cryptocurrency, a digital or virtual currency that uses cryptography for security. Bitcoin is one of the most popular cryptocurrencies. The session will also include a quick math and financial literacy assessment. The audience is youth ages 10-16 and their adult family members. Email LaToniya Jones to register and for more information.
Reserve your seat on Eventbrite.
Thursday, Dec. 7 at 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Celebrate the Win!
SpaceLab Detroit Coworking Members Event: We’ve got a lot to celebrate and be thankful for in this last month of the year. Share your 2017 successes, and tell us some of your goals for the new year. We’re a community that believes in helping each other reach new heights, and we want to help you reach your destination. Meet us in the community kitchen, and share your good news.
Monday, Dec. 4 at 12 noon to 1:30 PM: Develop Your 2018 Marketing Strategy – Session 3.
Attendees of previous sessions have determined their required revenue, outlined their target markets, worked on their SOAR analysis, and set some measurable goals for 2018. In session 3, we’ll develop a calendar of actionable marketing and business development activities. AEC Marketing Strategist Karen Burton of Building Industry Resources, LLC guides the process. Dec. 4: $10 each for SpaceLab Coworking Members, $25 for all others. Reserve your spot at Eventbrite and contact Karen with any questions.
Friday, Dec. 1 at 12 noon: Bryan’s Board Games: Take a break at lunch and drop-in to play some familiar games or learn some new ones with architect and game designer Bryan Cook. FREE. No registration required.
Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 6 PM: National Society of Black Engineers – Entrepreneurs & Startups Series: , NSBE Detroit is hosting a second edition of it’s successful Entrepreneurship and Startups discussion. Civil Engineer Tarolyn Buckles, owner of Onyx Enterprise, gives insight to starting and growing a business and taking it to the next level by opening offices in Cleveland and Atlanta. Contact NSBE Detroit Chair Julian Bates for more information. (Venue Sponsor: VM3 Consulting, Inc.)
Friday, Nov. 17 at 12 noon – 1:00 PM: Bryan’s Board Games
SpaceLab member, Bryan Cook, is a board game aficionado. He’s even designed games and created prototypes! Take a break Friday afternoon and bring your lunch for this casual drop-in activity. FREE. No registration required.
Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: National Association of Black Women in Construction (NABWIC) Monthly Meeting
Contact Kimle Nailer for more info.
Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM: National Organization of Minority Architects – Detroit Chapter Toasts 10 Years of Building Detroit
A time of celebration and professional networking. Members, non-members and future members are welcome. Wine and hors d’oeuvres served. Tickets available here.
Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM: Detroit VR MeetUp Group – Augmented Reality Deep Dive
The group will take a look at a bunch of the cool apps available for iOS and Android and look at a few things coming soon. They’ll go over Google ARCore, Apple ARKit, what’s coming for Vuforia 7 and how to get started with all of these SDKs (software development kits), separating the hype from the realities… See more and sign up to attend on MeetUp.
Thursday, Nov. 2 at 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM: Celebrate the Win!
SpaceLab members and guests celebrate new projects, new clients, birthdays, and accomplishments big and small. Meet us in the community kitchen, and share your good news.
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 5:30 PM: Detroit Women in Architecture MeetUp Group.
This group is for women in the Detroit area who are working, or have worked, in architecture, including architects, engineers, designers. At this MeetUp, there’ll be a recap of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Women’s Leadership Summit 2017. Detroit attendees will share their perspectives and experiences. See more and RSVP here
Friday, Oct. 27, 12 noon – 1:30 PM: Bryan’s Board Games.
SpaceLab member, Bryan Cook, is a board game aficionado. He’s even designed games and created prototypes! Take a break Friday afternoon and bring your lunch for this casual drop-in activity. FREE.No registration required.
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM: Wind Down Wednesday with a Movie.
Take a mid-week break: enjoy a movie, light snacks and great conversation. We’ll start working our way through the “Abstract: The Art of Design” series, beginning with the feature on architect Bjarke Ingels. FREE EVENT. Invite a friend and save your seats!
Friday, Oct. 20, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM: Sketch Up + Simmer Down
Sketch the Detroit-Windsor skyline from our 7th floor window, or choose another city skyline on our monitors. SpaceLab will provide the sketch pad, jazz and refreshments; you bring your favorite pencil or pen.
Includes complimentary drink on arrival and light snacks.
Reserve Your Skyline View on Eventbrite
SpaceLab Coworking Members: $5; SpaceLab Meet-Up Members and Non-Coworking Members $10
Thursday, Oct. 5 at 6 PM:
Engineering & Entrepreneurship – National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) General Meeting
SpaceLab’s Entrepreneur Advisor David Tarver and Aubrey Agee, Senior Program Administrator of Innovation Warriors at Wayne State University will speak on engineers with a passion for technological innovation and encourage start-ups and new ventures in the engineering community.
Contact Julian Bates, Detroit NSBE Chairperson for more information.
Thursday, Oct. 5: Celebrate the Win
Celebrate new projects, new clients, birthdays, and accomplishments big and small. Open to SpaceLab members and their guests.
Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 5:30 PM:
Wind Down Wednesday with a Movie
Take a mid-week break: enjoy a movie, light snacks and great conversation. We’ll watch “A New Economy,” a film that spotlights companies and individuals who are “building a new economy by employing nontraditional business models that look beyond profit.”
FREE. Save your seat through Eventbrite.
Saturday, Sep. 16: Animation Saturday
Tech savvy youth ages 10-15 will learn about animation and virtual reality in a variety of environments and explore professional programming software used in the built environment community (architecture, engineering and construction), as well as make meaningful math connections to animation. Participants should have an interest in animation and gaming. No experience is required.
This is an invitation only event. Call SpaceLab at (313) 379-7000 for more info.
Wednesday, Sep. 13, 6 PM – 8 PM: Everything You Wanted to Know About AEC Digital Marketing but didn’t know to ask. You have just about eight seconds (or less) to convince a potential client that your company is worthy of their time and business through your online presence. Ask yourself: What does my online brand communicate?
Speaker: Danielle Gray, DG Marketing Company. See more on MeetUp
Sponsored by VM3 Consulting, LLC and the National Association of Black Women in Construction (monthly meeting)
Tuesday, Aug. 22, 9 AM – 10:30 AM: National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Detroit – Gordie Howe International Bridge Project Updates
Speaker: Heather Grondin, Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, Vice President of Communications and Stakeholder Relations. Register on Eventbrite
Wednesday, Aug. 23, 6 PM – 8 PM: National Association of Black Women in Construction (NABWIC) Detroit – Positioning for Strategic Partnerships with General Contractors
Speaker: Attorney Leamon R. Sowell, Jr., Sowell Law Partners. Email for info on how to RSVP.
Friday, Aug. 4 – 3 PM – 5 PM: Michigan Minority Contractors Association, Speakers: Karen Burton – SpaceLab Detroit; Terry Davis – Builder Direct Supply; Michal Catari – Wolf Virtual Reality; Jason A. Cole – Projects
Thursday, June 22 at 12:00 p.m: Lunch and Learn hosted by Plan Grid, the construction blueprint app.
Register on Eventbrite. Email karenb@spacelabdetroit for a code, if needed.
Just Right Living Project – 9-week after school program for students 4th-9th grade at Techtown, Detroit
Tuesdays, September 13 – November 15, 2016, 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Drinks X Design: SpaceLab leads the Napkin Sketch Battle
Thursday, July 14 5:00 pm at The Wright Museum of African American History
We’re joining the networking event for Detroit’s creative community, Drinks x Design. Get ready for the Napkin Sketch Battle at July’s Drinks x Design – Architecture Edition!
SpaceLab Detroit is organizing this activity to visualize design scenarios, and communicate and capture ideas best representing the Future of Design in Detroit through sketching. Come share your ideas with Detroit’s Creative Community. Drinks x Design is sponsored by Detroit Creative Corridor Center with July’s event is sponsored by SDG Associates. The winner will receive a SDG Associates swag bag! Please also RSVP through the DxD Eventbrite page (see link above)